Key Players

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I’m learning more and more lately that there are what I like to call, “key players” that enable you to cook any meal with what you have on hand. The key players for tonight’s dish were plain yogurt, lemon, fresh herbs or pesto, pickled onions, and parmesan cheese. By keeping these things or similar things on hand at all times, simple vegetables or proteins can be elevated and you can make a flavorful sauce in seconds. I made a simple pesto yogurt sauce by blending roughly 1.5 cups of plain yogurt, a tablespoon of pesto (or a handful of fresh basil will do), a handful of whatever fresh herbs you have on hand (parsley or cilantro would be delish), the juice of one lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. I had potatoes and green beans on hand and I charred them in a pan full of olive oil…coated them in that yummy sauce…threw some pickled onions on top, grated some parmesan, and tossed some pea shoots on top because I had them from the farmers market. You could use whatever vegetables you have for a dish like this and you can easily add chicken or fish to the plate.

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I’m feeling so much freedom in the kitchen these days…ever since I ditched the idea that “meal planning” is the only way you can cook for a family. I’m stocking our pantry with the staples and putting our kids favorites in the fridge and then everything else is what I’m inspired by in that moment. We’ve actually saved more money doing it this way and my mind is officially blown. There is nothing worse than a meal with a million ingredients going uncooked and eventually thrown away because life happened that week. We are embracing the simple over here and I love it.